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    i know this is a broad question but can anyone guestimate for me the approx percentage of total cost range a first class forced air hvac system would be? ie if a house of 7000sf cost 3mm, would one expect the range of the hvac cost to be in the 2 to 4% area or something else.

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    That's not something easily answered. Every house is different, world of difference in cost between types of equipment. Every location has different costs...

    To me, high end would be infloor radiation for heat and heat pumps for cooling plus all the other bells & whistles. To others, it could be builder grade low efficiency equipment with ductboard & flex tangled all over the place!

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    7,000 sg ft house and appears you want to nickle/dime the hvac. It happens alot and I never understand it. Talk to your GC, get some recomendations, interview some HVAC contractors. It's not just system design but installation. 3m dollar house it would suck to be cold all the time. Big difference in cost between different hvac systems.

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    (never mind)

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    I was always taught to expect 15% of the total cost for builder grade equipment...
    How tall are you Private???!!!!

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    Originally posted by Yellow Dot
    I was always taught to expect 15% of the total cost for builder grade equipment...
    That's crazy. I just built a house last year on a fixed price contract and the HVAC costs were about 3% of the total.

    15% would be $450,000 on the original poster's house just for the HVAC.

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    What kind of equipment?
    How tall are you Private???!!!!

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    i'll do it for $425,000.
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    Originally posted by Yellow Dot
    What kind of equipment?
    Builder's grade (Trane), just as you mentioned, and a reasonable job on the ductwork based on other homes I've walked through.

    [Edited by JoeSix on 08-04-2005 at 04:44 PM]

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    Hmm

    I haven't had much of a problem dealing with HO's bldg true hi-end houses investing what it takes for a great operating system with features to max out comfort levels.

    Now on the other hand what I call the pretend hi-end houses.
    You know the ones...5k for the front entry door , lots of oak trim & cabinets but decline an upgrade to a 2 stage furnace for the few hundred it will cost??
    "The Bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    In Florida four Trane 13.0 SEER HP systems (1 zone each) with VS air handlers for a 7000' new construction home would cost about $30 - 40K. Duct work can have a major impact on cost. Of course if your climate requires a furnance instead of / in addition to a heat pump, plan on spending a little more.

    [Edited by travisfl on 08-04-2005 at 04:45 PM]

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    Originally posted by travisfl
    In Florida four Trane 13.0 SEER HP systems (1 zone each) with VS air handlers for a 7000' new construction home would cost about $30 - 40K. Duct work can have a major impact on cost. Of course if your climate requires a furnance instead of / in addition to a heat pump, plan on spending a little more.

    [Edited by travisfl on 08-04-2005 at 04:45 PM]

    Lowballer!!LOL

    I'd get a great zoning system on each of the four system,like Carrier's Infinity.Add some money in for zoning if it a forced air system.

    Now if it's like the homes of Pro Athlete's in Florida,usually a 25 to chilled water system,can hanld eparties with 75 guests on the forth of July,etc., etc,then a few 5 of the total is in the ballpark.

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    That would depend on weather the house is 3 mil because of fixtures, or sq ft.
    And how much comfort you want.
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